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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:30:45 -0700
Despite throwing four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 14, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will remain the starter. "As I've said before, I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "And I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook. Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better."
Fantasy Tip: You may want to stay away from Cassel in FantasyScore contests as he could get the hook if the Vikings continue losing. His performance does not merit the cost (which was $5,200 in Week 2). Spend the money on a quarterback of similar price who isn't likely to get the quick hook, like New York Jets QB Geno Smith ($5,200).
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:22:02 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:52:30 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel was named the team's starting quarterback over QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel has very little fantasy value as a low-end QB2.
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:32:02 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings are not ready to name QB Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback at this point, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel is being challenged by Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job, but neither should be selected in fantasy drafts. The winner of the competition could be a waiver wire addition during the season.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:01:29 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel could play the entire first half of the team's second preseason game, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:00:31 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater tossed three interceptions and had two more passes that were almost picked off in practice Monday, Aug. 11. Head coach Mike Zimmer plans to talk with the other coaches to determine how they'll use their quarterbacks in the second preseason game. QB Matt Cassel will start the game after playing just the first series in the first preseason game. Bridgewater played around two quarters and was 6-for-13 with 49 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater's mediocre preseason debut and his struggles in practice have held in check much of the optimism that the Vikings have had for Bridgewater in training camp. It reminds all of those over zealous drafters that Bridgewater is still a rookie, and this is definitely Cassel's job to lose.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:38:06 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the second game of the preseason over QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Fantasy Tip: Both QBs are low-end QB2s.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:43:49 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the race for the starting quarterback job, but Bridgewater has closed the gap.
Fantasy Tip: The starting QB job in Minneapolis will be a heated battle through training camp and the preseason. The winner of the battle might emerge as a useful QB2 in most fantasy leagues, especially if WR Cordarrelle Patterson is everything as advertised this season.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:12:46 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Cassel is the leading candidate for the starting job at this point but all three are still options for the job. Cassel likely would be a desperation matchup play if he wins the starting job. Bridgewater and Ponder likely would not have much fantasy value even if they win the job.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:17:34 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. "Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time," Zimmer said. "We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games."
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:06:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been very happy with QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder heading up to training camp. "We've got a really, really good group," he said, explaining that it won't be hard to parcel out snaps in the apparent three-headed battle. Cassel is expected to be the starter, but Turner has praised Bridgewater for his arm strength and quick learning.
Fantasy Tip: Turner's vertical passing scheme is usually good news for his quarterbacks. However, the vet Cassel is unlikely to be a difference-maker for your fantasy squad as anything more than a midrange QB2. Bridgewater is expected to eventually take this job.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:08:35 -0700
USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero thinks it would be a shock if QB Matt Cassel isn't named the starter in training camp next month.
Fantasy Tip: We'd be a bit surprised, too, if either Teddy Bridgewater or Christian Ponder open the season as the Vikes' starter. Cassel isn't an ideal backup QB for your fantasy squad, though, because he could quickly lose his job early in the year if he's ineffective.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:32:09 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback competition this offseason is a wide open battle between QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will plan on having all three passers see enough snaps in mandatory minicamp to make sure that they all have a "legitimate opportunity" to win the starting job in training camp next month. Zimmer won't rush into a decision, and he made it clear that Cassel won't enter camp as the presumptive starter. Both Cassel and Bridgewater had more snaps than Ponder during organized team activities, and both looked sharper than Ponder.
Fantasy Tip: If the Vikings play it safe, Cassel should be expected to enter Week 1 as the starter. However, Bridgewater is completely capable of winning the starting job, and he'd probably have the most upside immediately of the rookie passers in the league if he's starting. Whoever starts in Minny, though, is a shaky backup QB for your fantasy squad.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:14:41 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he'd be fine with serving in a backup role in his rookie season. Bridgewater missed only three passes all day during organized team activities Thursday, June 5, and marched the team down the field during the two-minute drill. He had some first-team snaps Thursday, but QB Matt Cassel had the majority of the starting repetitions and is expected to enter training camp as the No. 1 quarterback. "Right now, I'm just learning from Matt." Bridgewater said. "He's a veteran right now, and I notice the things that he's doing when he's in the huddle. I'm taking notes from him and Christian also. Those guys have had past success."
Fantasy Tip: The Vikes have no reason to rush Bridgewater into the starting role with Cassel around. We fully expect Cassel to be the starter in Week 1, but Bridgewater has a decent chance of unseating him at some point if Cassel doesn't get the job done.
Sun, 25 May 2014 12:04:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will all get an opportunity to work with the first-teamers this offseason but the team would like to enter training camp with an established depth chart.
Mon, 19 May 2014 09:53:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said QB Teddy Bridgewater is currently third on the depth chart behind QBs Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, but the rookie will see first-team repetitions during organized team activities starting May 28. "(Bridgewater) is throwing the ball good," Zimmer said. "I think he's got a good presence, a good command of the way he's taking things. It was good for him to be out here with the veteran quarterbacks a little bit last week for a few days."
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater has a long way to go if he's to win the starting job for Week 1 of the regular season, but it's entirely possible given the admiration the coaching staff has for him. Heading into his rookie season, though, consider Bridgewater nothing more than a QB3.
Tue, 06 May 2014 14:12:02 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start, with QB Christian Ponder serving as his backup.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel is a QB3 in the deepest of leagues.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:49:26 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with QB Matt Cassel on a two-year deal worth $10 million.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:12:57 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings). Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:48:38 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings will re-sign free-agent QB Matt Cassel.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:19:42 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he has talked to QB Matt Cassel and told him he would like to return in 2014.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:15:30 -0800
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Matt Cassel has continued to talk to the team about a possible return, but nothing appears to be close.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:14:59 -0800
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Matt Cassel continues to talk to the team about a potential return, but nothing is close. It appears the likely landing spot for Cassel will be with the Houston Texans, once he hits the open market Tuesday, March 11.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:00:57 -0800
There is growing chatter that the Houston Texans might be interested in free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings).
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:53:16 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings will conduct a meeting with the agent of free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings) Thursday, Feb. 20. The Vikings want Cassel to return after he opted out of his contract, leaving $3.7 million on the table.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel could be in the running for a starting job in Minnesota, should he re-sign, but his fantasy football value is negligible.
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:16:13 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has already made contact with the agent for free-agent QB Matt Cassel. Spielman said he expects to talk with Cassel's agent again in the future.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:18:00 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel has officially opted out of his current contract, making him a free agent.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:19:05 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are interested in re-signing QB Matt Cassel after he voided his option for the 2014 season.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:19:32 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will void his contract for 2014 and become a free agent, according to a source. He was set to make $3.7 million.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:00:15 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel can void the remaining year of his deal in February. Only QB Christian Ponder is under team control for 2014.
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:43:39 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback Week 17.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:02:59 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start the final two games of the regular season, barring injury, according to sources. The team feels there is no reason to further evaluate QB Josh Freeman.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:04:36 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are currently planning on opening training camp next season with QB Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback while a highly drafted quarterback is groomed to start.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:51:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will start Week 15.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:10:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
Fantasy Tip: Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' starting quarterback this week. Owners likely have a better option to use over Cassel.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:14:28 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) has yet to pass the concussion protocol and will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder is probably a long shot to return and play in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Cassel will likely start with Josh Freeman as the backup. Only run with Cassel in your starting lineup if you're desperate in leagues that start two QBs.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:35:52 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) still isn't cleared to practice, and QB Matt Cassel is likely to start in Week 14.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:08:37 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are undecided who will start at quarterback in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens as they await word on whether QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be healthy enough to play. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears and threw for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an overtime victory. If Ponder isn't cleared to start practicing early in the week, the team could be influenced to go in another direction.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel seems to have a pretty good shot of playing against the Ravens if Ponder isn't ready in time. Both Cassel and Ponder should only be considered if you're playing in a league that requires you to start two QBs.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:19:01 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) left the team's Week 13 game in the second quarter with a concussion, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the game and led the team to an overtime win by throwing for 243 yards. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder will be in consideration for the start next weekend if he's healthy.
Fantasy Tip: Prepare to go with backup options if you were relying on Ponder in a league that starts two quarterbacks. He'll have to pass the league-mandated concussion tests this week in order to be cleared to play.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:43:18 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback Week 12. Frazier said QB Matt Cassel likely will be the No. 2 quarterback, but QB Josh Freeman could also be active for the game.
Fantasy Tip: The Green Bay Packers present a better opportunity for Ponder to succeed, and he's familiar with them, but it's still best to stay away from him unless you're desperate in leagues where you start two QBs.
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:00:34 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was non-committal when asked Sunday, Nov. 17, who his Week 12 quarterback would be against the Green Bay Packers. QB Christian Ponder was terrible in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, so QB Matt Cassel or QB Josh Freeman could get another chance.
Fantasy Tip: This is a situation to avoid in all scenarios.
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:51:09 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier would not say if QB Matt Cassel or QB Josh Freeman will be the No. 2 quarterback for the team's Week 11 game but indicated all three quarterbacks on the roster could be active for the game.
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:53:31 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings are unsure who their starting quarterback will be in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys, but it will not be QB Matt Cassel, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. QB Christian Ponder went 14-for-21 for just 145 yards in the team's Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers a week after QB Josh Freeman (concussion) had an embarrassing debut. "I don't want to discount Matt," Frazier said. "But Christian did some good things in that ballgame yesterday. There are some things he can obviously do better, but it has something to do with it. He has led us to some wins in the past." Freeman was able to run over the weekend without concussions symptoms for the first time since being hurt in Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: The decision will probably come down to how healthy Freeman is and if he's cleared from his concussion. Either way, Ponder and Freeman are only desperation options for those in leagues that start two QBs.
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:15:21 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have declared CB A.J. Jefferson, DL Chase Baker, LB Gerald Hodges, OG Jeff Baca, DL Justin Trattou, QB Matt Cassel, WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 7.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:05:41 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman received the first-team repetitions during individual drills during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. He was followed by QBs Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:50:29 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier did not indicate who would be his starting quarterback in Week 7 against the New York Giants after QB Matt Cassel and company took another defeat in Week 6. "Yeah, I want to go back and evaluate what Matt did in this ballgame and then make a determination as we go this week," Frazier said when asked if he was undecided about his starting quarterback. Cassel went 32-for-44 with 241 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. QB Josh Freeman was inactive, and the team is unsure if he'll have a good enough grip of the offense to start this weekend.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel didn't look very good yesterday, and the team is likely just using him as a placeholder until Freeman is ready to go. It's doubtful that Christian Ponder is an option.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:04:10 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback Week 6.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:38:50 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder said he has been told who the starting quarterback will be for Week 6 but will allow head coach Leslie Frazier make the announcement. Frazier said he will not announce the starter until after practice Friday, Oct. 11. Ponder's body language indicated QB Matt Cassel will start the game.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:22:48 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel received most, if not all, of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Oct. 10.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:02:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is unhappy with the way things have turned out. QB Matt Cassel had the majority of first-team repetitions in practice Thursday, Oct. 10, and he's expected to start over Ponder in Week 6. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. We'll see how things play out," Ponder said of all the recent developments at quarterback, via Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed, obviously ... But I'm preparing like I'm going to be on the field."
Fantasy Tip: Josh Freeman is expected to eventually take over as the starting quarterback once he's up to speed. Ponder basically has no future left in Minnesota at this point.